Non-profit organizations in 15 area communities will benefit from lottery grants directed toward sport, culture, and community service initiatives.

More than 850 groups and organizations across Saskatchewan received a total of $1.5 million in charitable gaming grants from Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan (LGS) in the third quarter of the 2023-24 fiscal year.

“We are pleased to see these grants going out to hundreds of groups in communities throughout our province,” Minister responsible for LGS Laura Ross said. “These funds support youth involved in amateur sport, music and culture, service clubs like the Lions and Kinsmen, and much more. These activities are important for the health and wellbeing of community residents, and contribute to our quality of life.”

Grants were paid to charitable groups and organizations in more than 200 Saskatchewan communities.

About $428,000 was provided to groups in Saskatoon and more than $187,000 to groups in Regina.

Groups in other regions also received funds, including: Aberdeen ($712.50), Asquith ($355.63), Borden ($1,283.02), Clavet ($3,195.27),  Delisle ($640.83), Duck Lake ($2,988.13), Hepburn ($250), Langham ($1,986.18), Macdowall ($430.20), Martensville ($8,433.52), Osler ($962.63), Radisson ($319.78), Rosthern ($6,000.16), Waldheim ($1,313.97), Warman ($10,078.67).

Groups and organizations in good standing that conduct licensed charitable gaming activities such as bingos, raffles, breakopen ticket sales, Texas hold ‘em poker tournaments and Monte Carlo events receive these quarterly grants. They are equal to 25 per cent of the net revenue raised by each charitable event, to a maximum of $100,000 per group or organization annually.

The charities don’t have to apply to LGS for the grants. Instead, the amount of each grant paid by LGS to each charity is calculated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) based on financial reports and other information submitted by the group or organization.